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Transmedia Storytelling and African futures - connecting past and present, defining the future 
Ezinne Ezepue (University of Nigeria, Internationale Filmschule Cologne Germany)
Elizabeth Olayiwola (University of Abuja)
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Elizabeth Olayiwola (University of Abuja)
Ezinne Ezepue (University of Nigeria, Internationale Filmschule Cologne Germany)
Arts and Culture (x) Futures (y)
Hörsaalgebäude, Hörsaal C
Friday 2 June, -, -, Saturday 3 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

The characterisation of Africa as a laboratory for the future questions the preparedness of Africans to critically engage with Africa's growing global entanglements. This call probes ways in which African filmmaking engage Africa's past and present to envision and prescribe future of possibilities.

Long Abstract:

Africa indeed is on the move, making turns and twists which contribute to making its history, shaping its people and defining its place in the global futures. In the past decades since African states regained independence from colonial West, there has been calls for decolonisation, identity reclamation and authenticity of voices. In spite of its many challenges, the continent continues to prove its potentials, many still unattained. Africa is home to many creative talents, rich in oral history, folktales and mythologies - many of which remain unheard and unrecorded. With marked growth in film industries across Africa and rising global interests in them, Africans are presented an opportunity to achieve so many things attainable through entertainment education. This panel calls for papers which research into an African future attainable through film and filmmaking. This will include, but not limited to deconstructing stereotypes, reconstructing identities, reassessing gender and cultural issues, practicalizing and attaining decolonialisation, exploring African futurism, reviving and reliving African histories, mythological and folkloric adaptations, and indigenous filmmaking practices. This panel is interested in discovering ways that Africans construct and promote a new future for Africa through the medium of film. It wishes to establish how much has been done and foreground what more could be done. It will interrogate the representations of and connectivity between Africa's past and its present in order to carve a new path through which to realize the future which Africans aspire towards.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Saturday 3 June, 2023, -